The 2009 Rhysling Anthology and Awards

The 2009 Rhysling Awards

Short Poem Category

First Place
"Song for an Ancient City" by Amal El-Mohtar

Second Place
"Spell" by Samantha Henderson

Third Place
"The Future" by Billy Collins

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First Place
"Search" by Geoffrey A. Landis

Second Place
"Hungry: Some Ghost Stories" by Samantha Henderson

Third Place
"Damascus Divides the Lovers by Zero; or, the City is Never Finished" by Amal El-Mohtar and Catherynne M. Valente


Winner Biographies and Award Photos


The 2009 Rhysling Anthology:
The Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Poetry of 2008

2009 Rhysling Anthology cover spacer Editor and Rhysling Chair: Drew Morse
Layout and Typesetting: Jon Stout
Cover Photography: Lars Jagatai Bunch
Printing: BookSurge LLC
Publisher: Science Fiction Poetry Association in cooperation with Prime Books
ISBN: 978-7-7700-5646-8


Short Poems First Published in 2008

Diana Adams • Frankenstein's Ice Mirror • Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry 3.1 (Summer 2008).
Mary Alexandra Agner • So Many Lullabies • Strange Horizons (March 17, 2008).
Brian Aldiss • The Deceptive Truth • A Prehistory of Mind (Mayapple Press, 2008).
Francis W. Alexander • Don't Get Too Close To the Baby • Star*Line 31.4 (July/August 2008).
Mike Allen • Midnight Rendezvous, Philly • Goblin Fruit (Summer 2008).
Mike Allen • Return of Zombie Teen Angst • Asimov's Science Fiction 393/394 (October/November 2008).
Aaron Benson • Von Neumann's Poem • Strange Horizons (July 28, 2008).
F.J. Bergmann • Pandora's Box, Afterward • qaartsiluni: Insecta (1/9/2008).
Anthony Bernstein • Piece of Mind • Zygote in My Coffee 102 (February 2008).
Bruce Boston • Dystopian Dusk • Strange Horizons (August 4, 2008).
Chris Burdette • The Gnome's Spectacles • Niteblade (June 2008).
Christopher M. Cevasco • Four Haiku Poems on Artificial Intelligence • Star*Line 31.1 (January/February 2008).
G.O. Clark • World's Oldest Profession 2.0 • Star*Line 31.4 (July/August 2008).
Billy Collins • The Future • The New Yorker (February 24, 2008).
Malcolm Deeley • Pygmalion • Mythology (November 2008).
James S. Dorr • Emile's Ghosts • Illumen 4.2 (Spring 2008).
Amal El-Mohtar • Songs to an Ancient City • Mythic Delirium 19 (Summer/Fall 2008).
Francesca Forrest • Songs were washing up • Scheherezade's Bequest 6 (September 2008).
Bryn Fortey • A Taxi Driver on Mars • Awen 53 (August 2008).
Joshua Gage • A Mother Speaks • Goblin Fruit (Fall 2008).
Joshua Gage • The Illuminator • MindFlights 2 (February 5, 2008).
Jeannine Hall Gailey • Aware for the Woman who Disappears in Silence • Mythic Delirium 18 (Winter/Spring 2008).
Jeannine Hall Gailey • Green Willow Wife • Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry 3.1 (Summer 2008).
Delbert R. Gardner • Tammuz to Ishtar • Mythic Delirium 19 (Summer/Fall 2008).
Charles Gramlich • [faint] • Wanting the Mouth of a Lover (Spec House of Poetry, 2008)
Todd Hanks • Collage • Dreams and Nightmares 80 (May 2008).
Samantha Henderson • Spell • Goblin Fruit (Fall 2008).
Samantha Henderson • The Seasons' Dying • Goblin Fruit (Summer 2008).
Deborah P Kolodji • Animal Rescue • Lone Star Stories 26 (April 1, 2008).
Deborah P Kolodji • Camera Obscura • Raven Electrick (March 2008).
Deborah P Kolodji • Six Miles from Nowhere • Phantom Seed 2 (Autumn 2008).
David C. Kopaska-Merkel & Kendall Evans • In the Slipstream of the Levee's Overflow • Tales of the Talisman 3.4 (March 2008).
Rose Lemberg • Odysseus on the War Train • Abyss & Apex 27 (Summer 2008).
Sandra Lindow • Green Cotillions • Touched by the Gods (Sam's Dot Publishing, 2008).
Sandra Lindow • The A.I.'s Table Prayer • Tales of the Unanticipated 29 (Autumn/Winter 2008).
Joy Marchand • The Midwife's Progress • Goblin Fruit (Summer 2008).
Pam McNew • No Word for Goodbye • Sybil's Garage 5.
Edward Morris • My Addiction • Helix 8 (April 2008).
Kristine Ong Muslim • Pavlov's Best Friend • Abyss & Apex (July 2008).
Karen L. Newman • Internet Witch • Raven Electrick (September 2008).
Rhonda Parrish • Lovers • Star*Line 31.4 (July/August 2008).
Caitlyn Paxson • To the Royal Society of Cryptozoologists from the Concerned Daughter of a Member • Goblin Fruit (Winter 2008).
Terrie Leigh Relf • [eruptions] • The Shantytown Anomaly 7 (October 2008).
Terrie Leigh Relf • There, where the universe begins • Astropoetica 6.2 (Spring 2008).
Mark Rich • Streamside • The Magazine of Speculative Poetry 8.3 (Spring 2008).
Karen A. Romanko • The Invisible Woman Runs for President • Strange Horizons (December 22, 2008).
Greg Schwartz • Bats • Ashen Eye (March 2008).
Peter Sears • Dear Giant Squid • Luge (Cloudbanks Books, 2008).
Marge Simon • The Astronaut's Return • Strange Horizons (November 3, 2008).
J.E. Stanley • Lunaticus (in D Minor) • The Ghazal Page (July 2008).
Lynn Strongin • A Sad, A Southern Face • Doorways Magazine 5 (Spring 2008).
Sonya Taaffe • Autopoiesis • Lone Star Stories 26 (April 1, 2008).
Sonya Taaffe • Cherries in Winter • Goblin Fruit (Winter 2008).
Sonya Taaffe • Logos • Lone Star Stories 29 (October 1, 2008).
Sonya Taaffe • The Devourer • Mythic Delirium (Summer/Fall 2008).
Marcie Tentchoff • Some Random Hero • Strange Horizons (June 23, 2008).
Jen Valencia • Becoming Fictional • Tales of the Talisman 4.2 (Autumn 2008).
Sandy Walejko • In the World • Wisconsin People and Ideas 54.3 (Summer 2008).
Ian Watson • Screams • Asimov's Science Fiction (September 2008).
Jane Yolen • Smells • Doorways Magazine (October 2008).


Long Poems First Published in 2008

Mike Allen • Mondrian's War • Strange Horizons (August 18, 2008).
Mike Allen & Ian Watson • Zombie Bombs • Helix 8 (April 2008).
C.S.E. Cooney • Sedna • Goblin Fruit (Winter 2008).
C.S.E. Cooney • Wild Over Tombs Does Grow • Doorways Magazine 5 (Spring 2008).
Camilla DeCarnin • Tentacle 1 • Tales of the Unanticipated 29 (Autumn/Winter 2008).
Malcolm Deeley • Oracle • Legends of the Fallen Sky (Sam's Dot Publishing, 2008).
Malcolm Deeley • Orpheus and Eurydice • Mythology (November 2008).
Malcolm Deeley • The Leviathan • Legends of the Fallen Sky (Sam's Dot Publishing, 2008).
Amal El-Mohtar & Catherynne M. Valente • Damascus Divides the Lovers by Zero; or, The City Is Never Finished • Lone Star Stories 30 (December 1, 2008).
Kendall Evans & David C. Kopaska-Merkel • Death and Life on Enceladus • The Magazine of Speculative Poetry 8.3 (Spring 2008).
Gemma Files • Mrs. Margaret Lovett, Her Book • Mythic Delirium 18 (Winter/Spring 2008).
Cornelius Fortune • Isotope Ballerina • Tales of the Unanticipated 29 (Autumn/Winter 2008).
Joshua Gage • The White Doe of Nara • Goblin Fruit (Summer 2008).
Lyn C.A. Gardner, The Dispossessed • Helix 9 (Summer 2008).
Samantha Henderson • Hungry: Some Ghost Stories • Lone Star Stories 26 (April 1, 2008).
Linda Hogan • Reveal • Rounding the Human Corners (Coffee House Press, 2008)
Deborah P Kolodji • Man'yoshu at Galactic Edge: Poems from the Courtesan • Dreams and Nightmares 80 (May 2008).
Geoffrey A. Landis • Search • Helix 10 (October 2008).
Beth Langford • The Night Market • Goblin Fruit (Spring 2008).
Patrick Lawler • Living on Burrowed Time • Blackbird: An Online Journal of Literature and the Arts 7.2 (Fall 2008).
JM McDermott • 3 Poems Called Cosmic • Abyss & Apex (July 2008).
David Memmott • Disciples of Paradox • Strange Horizons (February 25, 2008).
Marsheila Rockwell • Another Fairy Tale Ending • Dreams and Nightmares 81 (September 2008).
J.C. Runolfson • Transformation • Strange Horizons (May 26, 2008).
William Browning Spencer • The Love Song of A. Alhazred Azathoth • Subterranean Press e-Newsletter.
Marcie Lynn Tentchoff • On Waking • Not One of Us 40 (October 2008).
Catherynne M. Valente • Lessons in Thermodynamics • Flytrap 9 (June 2008).
Catherynne M. Valente • The Ballad of All the Things I Might Have Written • Goblin Fruit (Spring 2008).
Catherynne M. Valente • The Girl with Two Skins • Goblin Fruit (Spring 2008).
JoSelle Vanderhooft • The Sea Wife • The Magazine of Speculative Poetry 8.3 (Spring 2008).
Jessica Paige Wick • How Wizards Duel • Strange Horizons (May 12, 2008).
Jessica Paige Wick • To the River • Mythic Delirium 19 (Summer/Fall 2008).
Stephen Wilson • Through the Looking-Glass, Darkly • Hungur: Walpurgis Night (October 2008).


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